Reflecting on Prof Aisling McMahon’s invitation to discuss intellectual property licensing at US National Academies of Sciences ESTI Committee Event

by | Jun 27, 2023 | News

On 19th October 2022, Professor Aisling McMahon was invited to speak to the United States National Academies for Sciences Committee on Creating a Framework for Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in Health and Medicine (ESTI)’ virtual information gathering event.

Professor McMahon spoke on a panel session which considered “University Technology Transfer and Licensing.” This panel was chaired by Professor Robert Cook Deegan, Arizona State University, and also included Katherine Ku, Chief Licensing Advisor in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati . During this event, Professor McMahon gave a presentation where she discussed the potential role of universities in further embedding ethical considerations in intellectual property policies for the licensing of emerging health-related technologies. A recording of this discussion is now available here.

Prof McMahon’s research and teaching focuses on intellectual property and health law, she is particularly interested in the role of patents in access and delivery of health care. She has published widely in leading international outlets in these fields, including: in the Journal of Medical Ethics, IIC, Medical Law Review, Intellectual Property Quarterly, and Legal Studies.

Aisling is currently the PI on the ERC funded PatentsInHumans project. This project examines the role of bioethics in patent decision-making in Europe for technologies related to the human body. It aims to reimagine European patent decision-making so it better engages with such issues. You can find out more about the PatentsInHumans project by watching this short video and by visiting the project website:




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